Handblown Glass Art
Macro glass photography starts with handblown glass art and the glassblower that inspired all of this art is Garth Mudge, from Glassworks in Winthrop Wa.
You can see for yourself just how amazing his creations are in these photos. You can also see the art that was created from these photos lining the walls of the shop. Garth is a great friend and when he saw how his art looked at another level he adopted almost 20 pieces and put them in his home, office and store.
Macro Glass Photography
Macro photography is the art of taking photos of really small subjects, in this case Handblown Glass Art. The technique that I use is to reverse a wide angle lens and get super close to the glass. About the width of a thumb and if you’re not careful you will focus in too closely and nudge the glass with your camera lens.
Most macro photos are from feet away, not millimeters which is what makes this particular art style unique. The art is created by light flowing through melted glass. In fact, all of the colors and shapes are created from hot glass. None of these images are created from anything other than hand blown glass objects.
I am removing visible specks of dust in Photoshop to present a cleaner look but the overall image is exactly what is seen through the camera lens.
The colors are vivid and alive due to the way that the photos are illuminated as the photos are taken. In a way I am photographing the light as it passes through the object. Creating art from light or art from glass art? Either way we see creating art from life and from existing art.
Interior Designs and Decor With Glass Art
Glass artwork is highly customized photography and as a result of the way it is created, this art form is endlessly customizable and can be incorporated into literally any type of interior design.
Each gallery of photos are created from one specific piece, or style of glass art and the pictured below represent two separate round glass ornaments and a tall glass vase. The color tones overall and how the glass was colored will both affect the end result of the photograph. Interestingly enough, how you change the angle of your lighting and whether or not you use natural light vs artificial light will affect the end products.
You can spend hours and hours in a glass art photo shoot, take hundreds, if not thousands of photographs and process them in a variety of ways. What this does is lend creativity and customization in every step. After you create these glass photographs, you can then use them in other mixed media designs.
As you can see, this wall art style works well with a variety of designs and rooms.
Behind The Scenes
In the beginning there were two loves. The love of Macro Photography and the love of Handblown Glass Art.
One cold winter day, these two came together and a new style of Macro Photography was born.
Watch the video to see exactly how these photos are taken.
This specific technique involves HDR or High Dynamic Range photography. It is a style that photographers use to capture multiple exposures with varying light for each photo.
After the series of photos is taken, I use Photoshop and/or Lightroom to apply an HDR filtering process that fuses the multiple exposures together. During this process I am adjusting the color ranges and saturation levels to mimic the natural light and how the subject looked when I took the photograph.
The final result is an abstract image that is rooted in the sands of time 😉
I am constantly fascinated by the variety of unique, colorful and intriguing images that come to life in front of us.
For interior design specifications, we can customize any of these images along any color range you need. The light can be reduce or enhanced and the color ranges can be modified to coordinate with any room design.
Reach out if you have any questions and/or just love glass art as much as I do!